Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ)
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[2/13/2018] Masatoshi Okada suffers cut on upper lip

Masatoshi Okada took a ball off his face and suffered a cut behind his upper lip that required three stitches.

The incident occurred during fielding practice on February 13. Okada was behind home plate preparing to catch a throw from right when the ball took a bad hop, hit his glove, and then his face. He was taken to a hospital in Nichinan for treatment.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2018

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[2/6/2018] Seibu Lions suspend Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking

The Seibu Lions announced today that they suspended nineteen-year-old Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking. The suspension will start on February 7 and end in May. Imai will not be allowed to wear the Seibu uniform and will not be allowed to play in any games during the suspension.

The Lions received a report from an outside source that Imai was spotted smoking in Tokorozawa in late-January. They confirmed the report was true after they sat down with Imai on February 5.

Source: Seibu 2/6/2018, Sanspo 2/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 2/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018, Daily Sports 2/6/2018, Sponichi 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

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[2/5/2018] Seibu Lions: Lions Classic 2018 Uniforms

The Seibu Lions held a press conference today to unveil the uniforms they will be wearing for Lions Classic 2018. Takumi Kuriyama and Takeya Nakamura modeled the uniforms for the press.

The uniforms are based on designed used between 2004 and 2008, when the Lions won two championships (2004 and 2008).

Schedule

Replica uniforms will be given away to ticket holders on April 17.

Source: Seibu 2/5/2018

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[1/30/2018] Seibu Lions sign Yokoo Daily Foods to three-year cap sponsorship deal

The Seibu Lions signed Yokoo Daily Foods to a three-year cap sponsorship deal. Beginning on February 1, the Konyaku Park logo will appear on caps (left side) worn by players, coaches, and staff.

Source: Seibu 1/30/2018, Sponichi 1/30/2018, Sports Hochi 1/30/2018

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[1/28/2018] Seibu Lions: Kaito Yoza resumes playing catch

Fifth round draft pick Kaito Yoza had some inflammation in his right elbow after his last year of college and was shut down as a precaution. He resumed playing catch on January 28 (about thirty meters).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2018

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Tatsuya Oishi: Did You Know

Relationships

The Seibu Lions announced on January 28, 2018 that Oishi (29) filed marriage papers with a thirty-year-old woman from Okinawa on January 5.

Source: Seibu 1/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/28/2018

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Makoto Aiuchi: Did You Know

2018

Aiuchi got his drivers license this year. He was once pulled over for driving without a license in December 2012.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/26/2018

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Tomomi Takahashi: Did You Know

Family

Takahashi’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,048 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya on January 26, 2018.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/26/2018

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Shunta Nakatsuka: Did You Know

Weight

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[1/12/2018] Seibu hires Jose Fernandez as US scout

The Seibu Lions announced on January 12 that they added Jose Fernandez to their staff as an international scout in charge of the US region, effective January 1.

Fernandez spent eleven seasons in the NPB. He played for Lotte (2003), Seibu (2004-2005, 2010-2011), Rakuten (2006-2008, 2012), and Orix (2009, 2013).

Source: Seibu 1/12/2018

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